I will be spending the next two months in Switzerland on an extended vacation and I must say: it’s a dream a come true.
On my second day here I went to one of their department stores COOP, and noticed that one of their brands Naturaline is labeled Bio & Fair. In other words, these products are organic and fair-trade. I would feel more inclined to be surprised if I hadn’t already noticed many products like that (not to mention rooftop gardens, compost bins and human rights information booths). Even better, it has a little map that allows you to know track the production via www.biore.ch
Of course, I fell madly in love with a black and white striped sweater for 119CHF but unfortunately it is not available to ship to the US.
For more information, you can check out www.coop.ch
Conscious Magazine is holding a pop-up shop in NYC from April 12-13, 2014. What a treat!
This pop-up shop will carry plenty of “Do Good” brands. I got myself some excellent accessories for the summer:
Green Pacha makes great quality, hand-made hats from locals in Ecuador, and they give 2% of total sales back to the community of Sig Sig, Ecuador.
The stacking rings are from Made. All their exquisite jewelry is handmade in Kenya where their sustainable, fair-trade business empowers locals.
I’ve mentioned Article 22 in the past, and I’ve owned and given away their jewelry to many from the sheer passion of their company. They recover bombs in Laos and re-mold them into gorgeous jewelry. Laos is the most heavily bombed country in history (per capita), and with very little sources of income available, this is an excellent resource.
Conscious Magazine has definitely won my heart over and over again. If you’re in NYC stop by to the Conscious Magazine Pop-Up Shop at 37 East 1st Street.
People often say that oil and water don’t mix, but that cannot be further from the truth! At least not with Blue Olive Oil, the innovative olive oil makers.
Not only is it delicious (I recently tried it in a Brooklyn specialty store), but $3 of every purchase from this good quality olive oil helps bring clean and safe drinking water to developing nations.
Visit their website to purchase or to find a retailer www.blueoliveoil.com
The Goods: Mood ring ($10)
The Good: Proceeds from these limited-edition rings go to Partners for Mental Health. The connection might seem a bit odd at first, but it’s a clever way to get people talking about an oft-stigmatized subject (did you know mental illnesses currently receive only 5.5% of healthcare dollars?). For real, though. It’s impossible to wear a mood ring and not have everyone you know try it on. And it doesn’t hurt that the rings are chunky, flashy and oh-so-nineties. Find them across Canada at The Bay (or buy them online).
[The Bay, Partners for Mental Health]
Sir Richard’s condoms are not your run-of-the-mill condoms. Besides promoting safe sex, they use eco-friendly methods and natural latex in their products. You’ll also be happy to know that whenever you buy one, they donate one in a developing country.
These funky-packaged condoms come in four types: Extra large, Ultra thin, Pleasure dots and Classic ribbed. Protect yourself and someone else in the process.
Visit http://sirrichards.com/web/ui/#home for more information
Sseko is kind of a unique sandal company, they don’t make sandals, they let you make them (sort of). When you buy Sseko sandals, you get the base and the straps. The point is that you twist the straps into a style of your liking.
I can’t get enough of these Kikoni sandals, they waxcloth-like straps add so much funk to an outfit. My favorite part of the sandal is that they are made in Uganda and support fair-trade.
These are $52.99 on the website, but make sure to check out the other styles and the leather handbags. Go to http://ssekodesigns.com/shop/sandals/kikoni-sandals.html
Very few things make me as happy as sticking my nose in an old book or the crackling sounds of the needle hitting a much sought after record. It is a match made in heaven that the New York Public Library will be having a super sale on vinyl this weekend.
From August 8 - August 10, the Performing Arts branch will be hosting a sale to get rid of all the surplus archive records, and I will definitely be there. The fact is that the NYPL is need of donations, and selling of records will fund our much needed public libraries.
For more info follow the link.
One of the misconceptions is that [human] trafficking is happening in another country. And if it is happening in the U.S., that it is brought here from overseas.
Radiant Cosmetics is definitely my favorite makeup brand! 20% of all their proceeds go to fighting human trafficking AND the colors are amazing.
To celebrate Independence Day, they’re offering 30% off site-wide with the coupon code FREEDOM30. Run, don’t walk to get this great deal at www.radiantcosmetics.org
My new obsession is Bang Shoes. Each color represents a different organization and 20% of proceeds go to that cause. My goal is to get all six amazing colors/ causes.
These blue pair contribute to water by donating funds to Drop In The Bucket, an organization that believes that access to clean water is a fundamental human right and strives to bring clean water to schools in Africa. Children require an education and clean water, and they make it accessible to get both in one location.
At only $55 (high-tops are $60), these shoes are helping change the world at an affordable rate. Visit their website to for more information, to shop or to get listings on stores that carry them at www.bangsshoes.com
The weather is getting warm and we can finally take out our little piggies to bask. What better sandal than these sandals from Nisolo Shoes.
By creating jobs in impoverished areas, Nisolo Shoes helps bring a stable income to the Peruvian outskirts. he $88 for these sandals stands for fair-trade and quality.
These and many more super cute shoes at http://www.nisoloshoes.com/products/delicias-sandal/
These brightly colored woven loafers from Giraffewalk will have you carrying summer wherever you go.
Fully handmade, these shoes help provide work to people in India that would be impoverished oherwise. Although, pieces jump from India, to Italy, and NYC, they promise to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible.
These $185 flats and more brightly colored shoes at www.shopgiraffe.com